Former Clinton Cards chief executive Darcy Willson-Rymer has been appointed as chief executive of Costcutter Supermarkets Group.

Willson-Rymer left Clintons in May following its administration and will take up the Costcutter role on September 10, replacing managing director Nick Ivel.  

Prior to working at Clintons Willson-Rymer was managing director at Starbucks UK and Ireland for three years and has also held the position of managing director of Persil Services.

Sir Michael Bibby, managing director of Costcutter owner Bibby Line Group, welcomed the “vast experience” Willson-Rymer brings to the business.

Ivel, who has been with the business for 14 years, said he will continue to assist the company on a consultancy basis.

Willson-Rymer said: “Costcutter is one of the biggest brands in convenience retailing, supporting independent retailers throughout the UK and giving them the tools they need to grow their businesses. With the new format kwiksave brand performing ahead of target and the roll out of the premium myCostcutter brand gathering pace, it truly is an exciting time to be joining the business.

“I am very much looking forward to meeting retailers across the UK in order to help them develop their exceptional convenience stores. The continued development and expansion of our company owned store portfolio is also a key objective and I look forward to working with the team to progress this.”

Bibby said: “Darcy inherits a very strong and very experienced board of directors who are committed to delivering a market-leading convenience retail proposition. Costcutter Supermarkets Group leads the way in offering independent retailers the very best solutions for their business, helping them to grow their customer base, profits and sales, and Darcy’s vast experience will add a new dynamic as we continue to grow the business.”